Contact: Rachel Coats, Delaware Coastal Cleanup coordinator, 302-739-9200 or 302-735-3364.
Celebrate National Estuaries Day by participating
in the Delaware Coastal Cleanup on Sept. 15
DOVER (Sept. 4, 2012) – On Saturday, Sept. 15, as hundreds of volunteers gather on beaches and along waterways statewide from 9 a.m. to noon for the annual Coastal Cleanup, Delaware will also be observing National Estuaries Day – an annual event celebrating the vibrant coastal areas where rivers meet the sea.
“The Coastal Cleanup is Delaware’s largest beach cleanup of the year, and having it on the same day we celebrate National Estuaries Day is a natural combination,” said Delaware Coastal Cleanup Coordinator Rachel Coats. “We are hoping for a big volunteer turnout on Saturday so we can make a big difference in the amount of trash that’s found its way into our estuaries.”
“Estuaries require everyone’s help and hard work to keep them clean and safe,” said Environmental Program Manager Kimberly Cole of the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve. “And our estuaries give so much back to us. They provide a crucial rest stop for migratory species and critical habitat for a variety of plants and animals. They help prevent coastal erosion and play a critical role in the future and health of the oceans. And of course, they are the center of many coastal communities and serve as important recreational destinations.”
For more information about National Estuaries Day, please visit www.estuaries.noaa.gov.
For more information about how you can participate in the Delaware Coastal Cleanup, including a list of sites, visit www.dnrec.delaware.gov/CoastalCleanup, or contact Rachel Coats, Delaware Coastal Cleanup coordinator, at 302-739-9200 or 302-739-3364. In case of postponement due to inclement weather, the rain date is the following Saturday, Sept. 22. If the weather looks doubtful, volunteers are encouraged to check the website before leaving home.
REMINDER: Preregistration closes today at 5 p.m. Volunteers are encouraged to preregister to ensure that sites have enough supplies and specially designed Coastal Cleanup T-shirts, which are given to volunteers as a thank-you. Preregistration is not required to participate in the cleanup. However, T-shirts will be distributed to volunteers who are not pre-registered on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.
Delaware’s Cleanup is part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, the world’s largest annual clearing of trash from coastlines and lakes by volunteers. The Ocean Conservancy supplies trash bags and data cards. Delaware’s event is co-sponsored by Delmarva Power, which provides t-shirts. Other sponsors include the Dover-based Playtex Division of Energizer Personal Care, which provides gloves; Waste Management, which hauls trash and recyclables following the Cleanup; and the Delaware Solid Waste Authority donated tan trash bags for recyclables. DNREC is responsible for organizing the event, recruiting volunteers, distributing supplies, ensuring trash removal and tabulating data.
Vol. 42, No. 342